Windows 10 100% hard drive usage (tried everything)

aleksejlev

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Hi

I have bought a refurbished laptop MSI GS63VR and have had problems since day 1. First I started up the laptop and tried to update the windows 10 and installation stopped at 99% for over 12 hours. The computer was super slow and could not use it. Did a factory reset, updated and same problem. Did a factory reset again and did not update windows. The computer worked fine for half a day until I restarted it. After the restart, it was super slow again. I noticed that disc usage is on 100% and I find it hard to even open a website.

I have tried to disable windows search, disabled superfetch, performed a disk check and repair, reset virtual memory, disabled antivirus software like outlined in this post https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/fix-100-disk-usage-in-task-manager-improve-pc-performance-on-windows-10/ but nothing helps!

I have no idea what to do any more. Does anyone have any tips??
 

Colif

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1. tried fresh installing with a USB containing latest version of win 10?

download the Windows 10 media creation tool and use it to make a win 10 installer on USB

change boot order in BIOS so USB is first, hdd second
boot from installer
follow this guide: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-windows-10-clean-install.html

when you reach the screen asking for licence, click "I don't have a key" and win 10 will continue to install and reactivate once finished

On the screen where you choose where to install win 10, if it gives you an error about GPT drives, delete all the partitions on the hdd and press next. If it still gives error, cancel out of the installer and restart PC and start installer again, it will accept next on that screen this time (some PC just need a restart here)

2. Checked health of hdd using HDTune (free version), look on health tab. A bad hdd will cause this too.
 

Colif

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1. tried fresh installing with a USB containing latest version of win 10?

download the Windows 10 media creation tool and use it to make a win 10 installer on USB

change boot order in BIOS so USB is first, hdd second
boot from installer
follow this guide: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1950-windows-10-clean-install.html

when you reach the screen asking for licence, click "I don't have a key" and win 10 will continue to install and reactivate once finished

On the screen where you choose where to install win 10, if it gives you an error about GPT drives, delete all the partitions on the hdd and press next. If it still gives error, cancel out of the installer and restart PC and start installer again, it will accept next on that screen this time (some PC just need a restart here)

2. Checked health of hdd using HDTune (free version), look on health tab. A bad hdd will cause this too.
 

Rdslw

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as mentioned:
"2. Checked health of hdd using HDTune (free version), look on health tab. A bad hdd will cause this too. "
check total disk writes, if you see 100TB there, its possible drive is dying and its struggling to keep with OS
run HDD benchmarks to see speed, if its bellow what it should have, its also possible that its END of life for HDD. (possible death by high-G fall)

Open task manager and check what process does all this HDD R/W.
https://images.scdn8.secure.raxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/img_594b37c473704.jpg
best sort it by descending by HDD and check which process.
IF its OS then try repair option on win 10
if its something un-installable then kill it and throw away.
else run malwarebytes scan for badboys.

but my bet is that you just got very heavily used HDD, this is common with refurbished hardware, I always think I will need to buy HDD or buy without disc.

 
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